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Barbara Hardy on Dickens

1970, the centenary year of Dickens's death, saw a flood of books published on the novelist including several by distinguished writers and critics ranging from F.R. Leavis to J. B. Priestley. One of the best, and most ground-breaking, of these latter…

Review of Daniel Deronda, adapted by John Cooper and performed by Traffic of the Stage

A dramatized version of Daniel Deronda scripted by John Cooper was produced by the Traffic of the Stage Company at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre in Highgate in May. Directed by Harry Meacher, it had a cast of seventeen actors who between them…

Review of Charles Dickens by Michael Slater

On the first page of this splendid new biography, Dickens is cited referring to his own earliest writings as 'certain tragedies achieved at the mature age of eight or ten and represented with great applause to overflowing nurseries'. The genially…

Review of Dead fom the Waist Down: Scholars and Scholarship in Literature and the Popular Imagination by A.D. Nuttall

In this book, which derives its title from Browning's poem 'A Grammarian's Funeral', Professor Nuttall seeks to explore the profound change that he believes took place in the popular conception of scholars (‘Knowers') and scholarship between the…

Review of Lives of Victorian Literary Figures I: George Eliot ed. Gail Marshall

Like Pickering and Chatto's Lives of the Great Romantics, these volumes, each one devoted to a major Victorian writer, offer a collection of facsimile reproductions of 19th or early 20th century essays, reviews and extracts from memoirs and…

Review of The Sickroom in Victorian Fiction: the Art of Being Ill by Miriam Bailin

In this densely-argued and fascinating study Miriam Bailin begins by noting the frequen-cy with which the sickroom figures in Victorian fiction as 'a haven of comfort, order and natural affection' in which an alternative, and more congenial, society…